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Osmium Guillotine

     
         
         
         
     
             
Osmium Guillotine are a heavy metal band from the UK formed in 2009 releasing the five song demo 'How D'ya Like Them Apples?' in 2010. After some personnel changes the band released the 'Into The Battle' E.P. in 2011 and the 'Subhuman' E.P. in 2012. Osmium Guillotine joined forces with fellow British heavy metallers Kaine in late 2012 and released the 'Killotine' E.P. to celebrate the inaugural International Day Of Heavy Metal on December 12th.    
             
In 2013 Osmium Guillotine began recording their debut full length album, which will be released in the summer of 2014.    
             
The album opens in truly atmospheric style with a self titled instrumental before the thumping 'Martyrdom' stomps in and races mid tempo through some killer guitar riffs, dynamic time changes and a powerful vocal performance. 'D-Day' follows and is a brilliant example of classic, traditional British heavy metal as it flies by at break neck speed with screaming guitars and an insanely catchy chorus. A meandering guitar intro brings 'Phobophobia' to life, a pounding, riff laden, very catchy, foot tapping song.    
             
'Blight Upon Mankind' is a slower, heavier song with a riff that is reminiscent of black album era Metallica. This is a really exceptional song with a superb gravel edged vocal performance and awesome guitar work. The barnstorming 'City Of Chaos' ups the tempo and will please all the head bangers as this is a song to definitely mosh to. A spoken word passage introduces 'Hobgoblin', a punchy, riff laden stomp, with memorable guitar hooks and a definite Iron Maiden influenced edge.    
             
Slower and heavier is 'Goomba', with time changes a plenty to keep the listener guessing which direction the song will take. Superb guitar riffs and hooks, this is a very flexible and varied song. 'Into The Battle' is a storming, chaotic romp that races by in a flash, yet is majestic in its delivery. With its mid song "into the battle" chant, this will be a crowd sing a long favourite moment. 'Breathe It In, Son' hints once more at Metallica with its superb, meandering, guitar work and solos. At over six minutes, is it too long for an instrumental? Not in my opinion, as there is plenty of diversion to keep the listener enthralled right to the end. The album ends with the epic 'Subhuman', loaded with some great guitar hooks, guitar solos and relentless pace.    
             
Overall, a superb album of classic British heavy metal, with great guitar work, cracking vocals and sparkling rhythms.    
             
             
Review By Iron Mathew Collins    
             
             
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